Minister of Territorial Cohesion presents in the Algarve a national network of coworking spaces in the Interior

In the Algarve, 11 coworking spaces will be created, in a network that has the partnership of municipalities

Minister Ana Abrunhosa – Photo: Pedro Lemos | Sul Informação

Ana Abrunhosa, Minister of Territorial Cohesion, will be in the Algarve again this Tuesday, April 27, to preside over the signing of Cooperation Agreements for the creation of coworking spaces in the interior, which will take place at the Zer0 Museum, in Santa Catarina from Fonte do Bispo, in the interior of the municipality of Tavira.

Ana Mendes Godinho, Minister of Labour, Solidarity and Social Security, also participates in the session, but at a distance, via videoconference.

The national network of coworking spaces “Teleworking in the Interior. Local Life, Global Work” is an initiative of the Ministries of Territorial Cohesion and Labour, Solidarity and Social Security and the signing of the Cooperation Agreements for the installation of its first phase takes place in four ceremonies in the North, Centre, Alentejo and Algarve regions around throughout this week.

According to a note from the CCDR, "the establishment of these coworking spaces, provided for in the Economic and Social Stabilization Program (PEES), will contribute to the dynamization of the territories of the Interior, facilitating the establishment and attraction of people and companies, reducing the need for travel and the consequent carbon footprint and improving the quality of life of the populations of the Interior, by promoting the balance between professional and family life».

In this first phase of the network, 53 spaces will be opened by the end of next June in as many municipalities: 16 in the North Region, 23 in the Centre, 3 in Alentejo and 11 in Algarve.

In the Algarve region, in this first phase, Cooperation Agreements will be signed with the Municipalities of Albufeira, Alcoutim, Castro Marim, Faro, Loulé, Monchique, Olhão, Portimão, São Brás de Alportel, Silves and Tavira.

The spaces, provided by the local authorities, will be properly equipped with computers, printers and internet access and will be divided into areas of different types, in order to have free benches for different periods of occupation, private areas for video calls, areas for meetings and places for holding presentations or training actions. They will be located in central spaces, close to services, cultural spaces or spaces intended for the practice of sports.

The Municipal Councils will be responsible for the dissemination of these spaces, through their respective pages and social networks, publishing photographs or videos, to allow for virtual visits by any interested parties, as well as all information regarding the characteristics of the space, conditions of use , annual calendar, hours of use and associated cost.

The Government undertakes, through the Regional Coordination and Development Committees (CCDR), to «consider the availability of European funds to, when necessary, support the hiring and mobility of workers and contribute to the physical adaptation of these spaces, but also to acquisition of furniture or computer equipment'.

“Teleworking and coworking are of particular importance for the territories of the Interior in reducing the geographic asymmetry of professional offers, democratizing opportunities between regions with high population density and those with lesser density”, stresses the same note.

The network now established, in line with the objectives of the Interior Enhancement Program, aims to "encourage the settlement of people in the interior of the country and promote the sharing of experiences and ideas among workers from various contexts and origins".